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Summary: Sexual Orientation and School Education

Summary: Sexual Orientation and School Education

The Scottish Government does not have information available on sexual orientation of pupils or teachers. It is not appropriate to collect this for pupils.

  • Stonewall's report presents survey results on homophobic bullying in secondary schools. The headline finding is 52% of LGB pupils report being bullied. 
  • 65% of lesbian and gay young people experience homophobic bullying, and they are 22% more likely not to like playing team sports than those who are not bullied.

External Source: The School Report: The experiences of gay young people in Scotland's schools (2012) in Source: Scottish Government Equality Outcomes: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Evidence Review (2013)


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The research below has been carried out independently of the Scottish Government, the results are hosted on an external website and the findings do not necessarily represent the views of the Scottish Government or Scottish Ministers.

The Teachers’  Report (2014) – Homophobic bullying in Scottish schools

Stonewall surveyed more than 1,600 gay young people in relation to the level of homophobic bullying.

School Report Scotland: The experiences of lesbian, gay, bi and trans young people in Scotland's schools in 2017 

Stonewall present Scottish specific data from a larger survey, which shows first hand the experience of young lesbian, gay and bisexual people in Scottish schools.

LGBT Youth Scotland - Contains resources and information for young people and professionals. Includes a Toolkit for Teachers - 'Dealing with Homophobia and Homophobic Bullying in Scottish Schools' with information on supporting LGBT pupils who have come out in schools and colleges.

LGBT Youth Scotland - Life in Scotland for LGBT Young People (2012): Education. This recent research on education is the first fully transgender inclusive education report in Scotland.


In October 2014, the UK Government Equalities Office published two documents on tackling homophobic, biphobic and transphobic (HBT) bullying:

Nat Cen social research - Tackling homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying among school-age children and young people (2014). This report provides the findings from a qualitative study of ‘What works in tackling homophobic, biphobic and transphobic (HBT) bullying among school-aged children and young people?’.

Nat Cen social research - Evidence review: what works in tackling homophobic, biphobic and transphobic (HBT) bullying among school-age children and young people?. This evidence review forms the first stage of research looking at, what works in tackling homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying among school-age children and young people?.



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